The Material Whirl: 05.21.10 — Plastic Ocean

21 May


5-7/8″ x 4″, on a very thin cardboard backing

The world’s waste has formed a vast floating dump twice the size of Texas that has come to be known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Every bit of plastic that has been put into the ocean or fallen in by mistake remains there, breaking down into smaller and smaller bits that never completely go away.  In some areas, 95 percent of seabirds have plastic debris in their stomachs, averaging 44 pieces per bird.  Birds die of starvation because their bellies are full of plastic.  Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, and choke to death trying to eat them.

To learn more about this (and you really should), go here: and read the whole article from which these images were extracted.


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